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Wed Apr 16 07:21:38 SAST 2014

Cook reveals England 'emotion' at Maynard's death

Julian Guyer, Sapa-AFP | 20 June, 2012 09:120 Comments
England v West Indies: 2nd Natwest One Day International Series
Alastair Cook of England celebrates his century during the second ODI between England and West Indies at The Oval on June 19, 2012 in London, England
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England one-day captain Alastair Cook said the team had been hit hard by the death of rising star Tom Maynard.

The son of former Glamorgan and England batsman Matthew Maynard, Tom was killed after being hit by a London Underground train early on Monday morning.

Surrey batsman Tom Maynard had played for the second string England Lions and had been widely tipped for full international honours.

A minute’s silence in memory of Maynard was held before the start of the second one-day international between England and the West Indies at The Oval, Surrey’s headquarters ground in south London, with the England players wearing black armbands as a mark of respect.

England went on to win by eight wickets, and so take an unbeatable 2-0 lead in the three-match series, with man-of-the-match Cook scoring 112.

“It’s been a tough 36 hours for us as a team,” Cook said. “It was incredibly sad news and I think quite a few boys were very emotional especially during the minute’s silence this morning.

“It has been difficult. Something like this hits you hard. A lot of us have played with Tom and pretty much all of us have played against him.

“He’s a great lad and he will be missed. When something like this happens it puts cricket into perspective.

“Graham Gooch (the England batting coach) spoke very well at the beginning of the day and all the lads responded extremely well.

“I don’t think it’s right to repeat what he said,” added Cook of the former England captain’s comments. “We responded in the right way. We played some really good cricket again today.” 

Earlier on Tuesday, Maynard’s family issued a statement asking for privacy, following their “devastating blow”.

“The Maynard family would like to thank everyone for the many messages of support following Tom’s tragic death in London yesterday (Monday) morning.

“As you can appreciate, the news has come as a devastating blow and although the family is grateful for all the kind messages of sympathy, we would ask that we can be left to grieve in private at this very difficult and sad time for us.” 

Meanwhile his girlfriend, model Carly Baker, wrote on Twitter: ”My beautiful boyfriend Tom Maynard, I can’t cope with this. I love you always and forever. You meant everything to me. We will always be together. I love you Tom X.” 

Maynard had been with Surrey for 18 months after joining from Glamorgan when the Welsh county sacked his father as their coach.

Former England wicket-keeper batsman Alec Stewart was convinced Maynard could have gone on to the “very top”, arguing decent career statistics of 2,384 runs in 48 first-class matches at 32.65 with four hundreds did not reflect the depth of his talent.

“I remember meeting Tom a few years ago during a holiday in Dubai when he and his father Matt Maynard — a good friend of mine from our England days — happened to be staying at the same hotel,” Stewart told the BBC.

“Tom must have been about 17, but he was putting in the hard yards in the gym. Even back then, he knew where he wanted to go and that may well have been to the very top.” 

Stewart, who spent his entire career with Surrey, said it was hard to put into words the “sense of loss” pervading the club.

“He is the third cricketer we have lost in 15 years after Graham Kersey and Ben Hollioake were killed in car accidents in Australia, and everyone is feeling horribly numb and empty.”

Mystery surrounded the closing moments of Maynard’s life after Scotland Yard said he’d had run away when stopped while driving ”erratically” near Wimbledon Park station, close to where he was eventually killed in an incident the British Transport Police said Monday was being treated as “non-suspicious”.

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